Samsung launching Android flip phone for the nostalgic

Could appeal to Trekkies though?

Samsung has a huge number of mobile devices on the market, but an Android-based flip phone has never featured heavily their portfolio. That could be set to change, with word of such a device releasing in August.

Identified as the ‘Samsung Galaxy Folder’, it will feature a 480x800 WVGA display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC. Upon release, it will ship with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and connect to LTE, though it will be pitched as a lower-end handset.

Owing to the flip form factor, the phone will be launching with one of those old-fashioned alpha numeric keyboards, so it should be interesting to see how Android translates this input method. Model numbers mentioned have been SHV-E400S and SHV-E400K, so there could be two variants of the phone (possibly one with and without LTE radios?).

The flip form factor has been dead for a while, though Samsung's revival is seemingly only going to happen in South Korea, as their prior attempts have in other markets. If you want one that badly you could import the device, but who would go to such lengths?

Source: DDaily (Korean), NDTV | Image via GSMArena

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"Model numbers mentioned have been SHV-E400S and SHV-E400K".

They are just model numbers for different carriers. "S" is for SK Telecom and "K" is for Korea Telecom. Usually, they're exactly the same phone in terms of their hardware components. Also, the intended target buyers are senior citizens who aren't accustomed to softkeys.

Shame they didnt put more work into the design, if this was thinner and maybe a little more contemporary could have been quite interesting.

People used to be able to type so much faster with those keypads than on touch screens. They didn't even need to look at their phones while typing. So I guess there is demand for these phones, but people would rather have a big screen to watch DMB while on subways.

compared to the inability I have to type a text message on current smartphones because they didn't think about people with larger hands when the designed the OSK.

i wish this would be available as internatonal product-i would buy one, claimshell might be old style but it protects the screeen when closed.

This isn't first Android clamshell phone from Samsung, they've already launched the GT-B9120, SCH-W2013, CH-W999, and many more but none made it to international markets.

You're correct. I changed some of the wording in the article since it does sound like this is their first foray into the market. Cheers mate!

I don't know why people think this is funny. Its actually very cool and ingenious idea. It combines the old and new designs. I wouldn't mind being able to open and close it for hanging up or answering calls. Additionally, having the screen folded up will prevent accidental dialing also. This reminds me of the touchscreen hybrid laptops!

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I don't know why people think this is funny. Its actually very cool and ingenious idea. It combines the old and new designs. I wouldn't mind being able to open and close it for hanging up or answering calls. Additionally, having the screen folded up will prevent accidental dialing also. This reminds me of the touchscreen hybrid laptops!

... yeah, to each their own I guess.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
I don't know why people think this is funny.

Because its not MS that's releasing this. That's why the hostility. Remember what site you're on. Fanboys and employees crawling everywhere.

daveyjones said,

Because its not MS that's releasing this. That's why the hostility. Remember what site you're on. Fanboys and employees crawling everywhere.

Or the more likely scenario that this is just a stupid idea coupled with a hideous looking device. If Microsoft released this the response would be, meh... dumb

Depends on the screen size. Lots of phones with the keyboard at the bottom take away from screen size. And slide out KBs just make the phone thicker/bulky. If the screen size is 3in - 4in, then it may do well. Lots still like a physical button phone. But who knows...weirder things have happened.